Duff Goldman is upping the ante and once again revolutionizing the way the world sees cake, and Duff's Cake Masters is his showcase. It is a spotlight on one of the biggest, most jaw-dropping cakes Duff has ever attempted, from start to finish. Duff's got his friend Geof at his side and the best cake decorators in Los Angeles on his speed dial, but that's not enough for this fondant-covered monstrosity, he's also bringing in Hollywood FX pros, pyrotechnic masters, and engineering geniuses to help get the giant cake planned, decorated, delivered, and unveiled before time runs out!
Status: To Be Determined
Runtime: 60 minutes
Cake Masters - Gooey butter cake - Netflix
Gooey butter cake (occasionally called “chess cake”) is a type of cake traditionally made in the American Midwest city of St. Louis. Gooey butter cake is a flat and dense cake made with wheat cake flour, butter, sugar, and eggs, typically near an inch tall, and dusted with powdered sugar. While sweet and rich, it is somewhat firm, and is able to be cut into pieces similarly to a brownie. Gooey butter cake is generally served as a type of coffee cake and not as a formal dessert cake. There are two distinct variants of the gooey butter: a bakers' gooey butter and a cream cheese and commercial yellow cake mix variant. It is believed to have originated in the 1930s. The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission includes a recipe for the cake on its website, calling it “one of St. Louis' popular, quirky foods”; the recipe calls for a bottom layer of butter and yellow cake batter, and a top layer made from eggs, cream cheese, and, in one case, almond extract. The cake is dusted with confectioner's sugar before being served. The cake is best eaten soon after baking it. It should be served at room temperature or warm. The cream cheese variant of the gooey butter cake recipe, while close enough to the original, is an approximation designed for easier preparation at home. Almost all bakeries in the greater St. Louis area, including those at local grocery chains Schnucks and Dierbergs, use a slightly different recipe based on corn syrup, sugar and powdered eggs—no cake mix or cream cheese is involved.
Cake Masters - Origin and popularity - Netflix
The cake was supposedly first made by accident in the 1930s by a St. Louis-area German American baker who was trying to make regular cake batter but reversed the proportions of butter and flour. John Hoffman was the owner of the bakery where the mistake was made. The real story is there were two types of butter “smears” used in his bakery: a gooey butter and a deep butter. The deep butter was used for deep butter coffee cakes. The gooey butter was used as an adhesive for things like Danish rolls and stollens. The gooey butter was smeared across the surface, then the item was placed in coconut, hazelnuts, peanuts, crumbs or whatever was desired so they would stick to the product. Hoffman hired a new baker who was supposed to make deep butter cakes, but got the two butter smears mixed up. The mistake wasn't caught until after the cakes came out of the proof box. Rather than throw them away, Hoffman went ahead and baked them. As this was around the Great Depression that was another reason to be thrifty. The new type of cake sold so well, Hoffman kept producing them and soon, so did the other bakers around St. Louis. Another St. Louis baker, Fred Heimburger, also remembers the cake coming on the scene in the 1930s, as a slip up that became a popular hit and local acquired taste. He liked it well enough that Mr. Heimburger tried to promote gooey butter cake by taking samples of it with him when he traveled out of St. Louis to visit other bakers in their shops. They liked it all right, but they couldn't get their customers to buy it, with reactions tending to regard it as looking too much like a mistake, and “a flat gooey mess”. And so it remained as a regional favorite for many decades. Gooey butter cake is also commonly known outside of the St. Louis area as “ooey gooey butter cake,” due to its popularization by celebrity chef Paula Deen.
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